Members are invited to meet four times a year, including at the Members’ Annual Conference every September.
Universities UK is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and is financed mainly through subscription from its member institutions.
The 24-person Board is elected by our members. It includes the president; vice-presidents for Scotland, Wales, and England and Northern Ireland; the treasurer and the chairs of the Policy Networks. The president nominates up to six other members to serve on the board.
The board is our main decision-making body and meets five times a year. It focuses on UK-wide issues and those issues in the constituent nations of the UK that have UK-wide implications or interest.
Our executive comprises the president, three vice-presidents and the treasurer. It meets four times a year and reports to the Board. It acts on behalf of the Board to support and advise the chief executive; to undertake day-to-day monitoring, coordinating, planning and liaison functions; and to authorise action as required between board meetings.
Our president is elected from and by the membership of Universities UK for two academic years and is only eligible for re-election by special resolution. The president chairs all Universities UK Members' Meetings, the Board and the Executive Committee.
The current President is
Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, whose term of office began on 1 August 2017 and ends on 31 July 2019.
Alistair Jarvis is Chief Executive of Universities UK, and was appointed by the Board to be responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of Universities UK.
Alistair is supported by a senior management team.
Our networks and groups guide the development of our policies. They are made up of vice-chancellors and work with external experts and contacts to promote universities' interests to a wide audience.
They build and strengthen links with government agencies, professional bodies, industry and commerce, other education sectors and international audiences.
The current networks are:
The networks report to the Board through each of the elected chairs.
Professor David Maguire, Vice-Chancellor, University of Greenwich (Chair) Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University London Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor and President, Cardiff UniversityThe committee assesses applications against the Membership criteria.
Professor Julia Buckingham (UUK Treasurer) Professor Janet Beer (UUK President) Professor Paul Layzell (Royal Holloway) Professor Quintin McKellar (University of Hertfordshire) Alistair Jarvis (UUK Chief Executive)